Courses Offered

APAM 117: Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies
Relying on an interdisciplinary reading list and a comparative framework, this course will provide a survey of the Asian Pacific American experience in the United States. The first part of the course will examine the history of APAs from their arrival to the United States in the nineteenth century to the 1960s. The second part of the course will examine the contemporary APA experience from various topics such as identity, gender politics, new immigrant communities, and popular culture.

APAM 371: Asian Pacific American Literature
Participants study Asian Pacific American Literature through reading master narratives of immigration / acculturation that highlights the Asian Pacific American experience. The course additionally complicates these narratives, examining works and theories that continue to reshape the boundaries and expand the possibilities of Asian Pacific American memory, identity, imagination, and activism.

APAM 398: Asian Pacific American Theatre
This course is organized thematically around the concept of passing. We will examine racial passing as well as performances of gender and sexuality. We will investigate how passing works in theatre, primarily through the works of Asian Pacific Americans.

APAM 398: Race and Power in Los Angeles
This course will examine the role of race in the politics of Los Angeles. The first part of the course will examine the historical role of race in Los Angeles, concluding with the raise and fall of the Bradley Coalition. The second half will highlight the importance of globalization and multiracial complexities in contemporary Los Angeles.

APAM 435: Asian Pacific American Women’s Experience
This course will explore the experiences of Asian Pacific American Women (APA) in the United States. We will examine the history of APA Women from their arrival to the U.S. during the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s, as well as their contemporary experiences. Addressing the silence of APA Women’s narratives from traditional histories of Asian Pacific Americans, we will discuss the recovery of women’s stories through oral history, journal writing, and fiction. The thematic focus of this class will be to look at the disparity between images of APA women that circulate in society and real women who inhabit spaces of family, work, and nation. We will also examine issues concerning APA Women’s sexuality, labor, health care, immigration, and domestic violence.

APAM 453: Filipino American Experience
This course is an introduction to and overview of Filipino American experiences from the 1500s to the present day within the context of historical, social, economic, and political forces in American life. This course considers how cultural identity, gender, generation, immigration, and sexuality among other issues intersect and help explain or complicate who and what Filipino Americans are. Practical application of course topics are encouraged through class discussions, community events, and an oral history project.

APAM 453: Vietnamese American Experience
This course is an introduction to the study of the Vietnamese in America from the exodus of Southeast Asians after the Vietnam War to their resettlement in the United States. We will address topics such as Vietnamese refugees, immigration policies, and Vietnamese American literature and poetry.

APAM 450: Pacific Islander American Experience
This course examines the history and the contemporary experiences of Pacific Islander Americans Topics for this course include the history and culture of Pacific Islands, the impact of colonization and settlement, and the formation of Pacific Islander American identity politics.

APAM 500: Capstone Course
This is a mandatory course that provides APAM minors with the opportunity to create individual research projects that draw from knowledge's gained from previous courses. In conjunction with the professor, students will design projects that will result in a thesis.